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This is disastrous! The PageOne bookstore is WAY TOO CLOSE!

Image of God Against the GodsImage of OrwellImage of The House of the Dead & Poor FolkImage of Against the Day

Despite it taking me 15 years to complete Gravity's Rainbow, and never having completed Vineland or even started Mason & Dixon, this is a must have hardback. Everybody has to die with a complete set of Pynchon novels in their shelves if they want a respectable obituary, it's mandatory.

Meanwhile when I picked up the Orwell book I was reminded of what wonderfully dry sense of humour he can show on occassion. In a quick browse I saw this great line:

If Freud did nothing else for humanity, he at least broke people out of the habit of relating their dreams at the breakfast table."

Do you need me to explain?

The reason I bought the Dostoevsky is that a) my sister was asking for the source of a quote last night - the one about making everybody in the world happy for ever, you only have to torture and kill one small child! No, I would not, whispers Aloysha: simple, E@L didn't even have to think; The Grand Inquistor scene from The Brothers Karamazov - and b) still browsing in the Orwell book I saw a review of a reissue of TBK and read THIS line:

One volume to look out for -- it is one of the less well known of Dostoevsky's books and not easy to obtain during recent years [i.e. WWII] -- is The House of the Dead; this describes, under a thin disguise of fiction, Dostoevsky's own experience as a prisoner in Siberia and contains the never-to-be-forgotten short story, 'The Husband of Akilka'.

Naturally I had forgotten about this story, (he lies; never read it) so I had to grab a copy.

The God book is a companion piece to complement The Closing of the Western Mind which I just finished.

*Almost* purchased Eusebius's 4th century "History of the Church", but I figured it might be online somewhere - yep - and Karen Armstrong's, The Great Transformation, but as I haven't finished The Battle for God yet...


Genuinely disastrous: on a less communally interesting note, a close cousin has been found to have at least one met in the liver presumably from a long resected bowel cancer and b) a work colleague who has been suffering with non-Hodgkins lymphoma for six months now has got a deposit in the brain. The former is having a scan on Friday to check for more mets prior to any contemplated hepatic resection, the latter is undergoing spinal-canal-introduced chemotherapy currently (can't sit up) and having DXRT (radiation therapy) next week. Some of us visited her last night: she was as bright and chirpy as anything! "I am fighter!" she told us.

I'm going to move my novel-writing schedule up several notches so I can start finish in time for them to read it.



Posted by: expat@large on Nov 30, 06 | 2:10 pm | Profile


Don DeLillo - tell me you've read his work...

buying Pynchon today... did you read "V." ????
books, flowers and good red wine...the weekend is already shaping up nicely.

Posted by: savannah on Nov 30, 06 | 6:26 pm

i should have known (chalk it up to a slightly- reeling-morning-after-wednesday-night)...or at least looked at your shelf before i asked...

Posted by: savannah on Nov 30, 06 | 6:49 pm

The Crying Of Lot 49 maybe my most re-read novel, up there with LOTR as a keeper. V I think I enjoyed. Slow Learner I LOVED as well.

DeLillo may not be on the Anobii list - that's mainly books I've purchased since I started listing (to port). I've read MaoII and Libra. Started Underworld and White Noise but not progressed...

So easily distrac... hey, what was that interesting web-page and those 300 links beyond it? Oops it's 4am again...

Posted by: expat@large on Nov 30, 06 | 10:57 pm

so you suffer from "shiney object syndrome" too...

pick up "cosmopolis" his 13th novel *the mind reels* i think i may do a from the beginning re-read...like alice in wonderland, "...start at the beginning and when you get to the end...stop"

Posted by: savannah on Dec 01, 06 | 12:24 am

Another book on the history of religion: 'The Rise and Decline of the Christian Empire and beyond 2000...?' by Ian Guthridge, 1999, might also interest you. Was given to me by a relative - in 1999!

Ch. 1: How the West was Won
0-400 A.D.

"Of all the conquests in Western history, of all the famous battles lost or won in the West over the past two or three milennia, the most remarkable, the most enduring and the most unlikely must be the Christian conquest of the Western mind."

Posted by: Sister on Dec 01, 06 | 3:44 pm

Sav: I might do December as a "D" month. DeLillo and Dostoevsky and Dickens and.. any suggestions?

Mariah: sounds like MY sort of book!

Posted by: expat@large on Dec 01, 06 | 5:05 pm

joan didion.."where i was from" personal favorite since that's where i'm from ("spot on" observations on california and why i left) and "the year of magical thinking"

your first three choices could consume the entire month and carry over into the next quarter.

"Oh, I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?


Posted by: savannah on Dec 01, 06 | 9:14 pm

oh I know this...

Pulp Fiction? but where????

Posted by: expat@large on Dec 02, 06 | 12:02 am

oh in the burger joint where Jules shoots the guy...

Posted by: expat@large on Dec 02, 06 | 12:22 am

pulp fiction, yes..the quote seemed appropriate...(i'll have to check the dvd again for location)

didnt think you'd respond until saturday ( for me...anyway) or sunday night...hope your soiree was delish.

Posted by: savannah on Dec 02, 06 | 12:47 am

but what about didion? a possibility?
*excuse the randomness, i seem to have caught some sort of cold/flu/virus/bug and i'm reveling in meds*

Posted by: savannah on Dec 02, 06 | 12:51 am

Responding (ewith xteme difiulcty) because I am doing a blocking blog - trying to deflect future shit...

Didion is a good call. Will try to get something on the started list. Will have to drop Dickens to do this however: I read Bleak House recently anyway, tick, been there.

Posted by: expat@large on Dec 02, 06 | 12:58 am

just rea, your..."blocking blog" and commented *w* smart move

Posted by: savannah on Dec 02, 06 | 1:01 am

read, i meant...

i need to go back to bed...good luck with golf later!

Posted by: savannah on Dec 02, 06 | 1:02 am


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